This Happened On Planet Earth…Dec. 2019…End Times Signs
•Dec 7, 2019
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Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Shifting alliances between east and west – Jerusalem Studio 471
•Dec 6, 2019
The north Atlantic treaty organization has convened its heads of states in London this week, to commemorate NATO’s establishment 70 years ago, at the height of the cold war with the soviet union. Circumstances have of course changed dramatically over the seven decades, and with them – global alliances seem to be shifting, with the inevitable impact on the Middle East.
Russia to respond to US missile deployment-Iran accuses Israel of testing nuke aimed at Iran
•Dec 6, 2019
You will hear the following headlines in this Broadcast: -Russia says will respond to U.S. on missile deployment -U.S. House passes resolution breaking with Trump on Israel policy -Netanyahu, Pompeo push forward with US-Israel defense pact -Netanyahu, Putin speak ahead of visit by Rusian leader to Israel next month -Tehran accuses Israel of testing ‘a nuke-missile, aimed at Iran’
Watchman Report: Happening Now featuring Charlie Kirk
•Dec 6, 2019
Watchman Report: Happening Now featuring Charlie Kirk (December 2019) In this special episode of Happening Now, Pastor Jack Hibbs interviews one of the leading voices in young, conservative America: Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA. Watch as they discuss college education, the importance of the 2020 election, hope for the future of America, and more. Pastor Jack Hibbs
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WE PREACH THE BLESSED HOPE FOR THE FUTURE IN JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOUR
1Cor. 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.
“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
“And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.”
Here Jesus was alluding to the fact that the Doctrine of Eternal Security WILL EXPIRE WITH THE RAPTURE
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them
SO WON’T YOU ACCEPT JESUS NOW AND BE REMOVED FROM THAT EVENT (OF TRIBULATION) AND LIVE FOREVER WITH JESUS IN THE FAMILY OF GOD?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
Are There Other Gods?
QUESTION: The 1st commandment says you shall not have any other Gods before him. Does that mean that there are other Gods but we should just not worship them. Me personally I only believe in the God that wrote the commandments. If our earth is only about 6,000 years old and God has been here forever what did he do before those 6,000 years? Thank you
ANSWER: Over and over in the Bible God has declared that He’s the only one. A good example is from Isaiah 44:6.
“This is what the LORD says– Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.”
All others who claim to be God are false gods, lifeless powerless idols that rebellious men have deified (Isaiah 46:5-7), or demons seeking worship (1 Cor. 10:19-20). We are not to worship any of these false gods instead of our God, the only real one.
We can tell He’s the real one because of all the things He has done to prove Himself to us. Chief among these has been telling His people what will happen in the future. In Isaiah 46:10 He said,
“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times what is still to come.”
No other religion has a god who can do that and be right every time. Only our God can do that.
We don’t know very much about what went on before mankind came along. But we do know that God was around and so were His angels. We’ll learn all about what they did when we get to heaven. And we’ll find that the 6,000 years of mankind is only the blink of an eye compared to eternity.
Who Are The Other Gods?
QUESTION: Thank you for your site -it is a great source of my inspiration. Thanks to your articles and answers to people’s questions published on your site, I feel constantly on fire to study the Word.
I am a bit confused about the meaning of Exodus 22:28 – “Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.” Also in John 10:34 – “Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?”
What gods does it talk about?
ANSWER: We suffer from a poor translation of the Hebrew in these verses. One of the Hebrew words for God (Elohim) also meant judges or rulers when used in the plural. The confusion stems from the fact that it’s spelled the same both ways.
So an alternate translation of Exodus 22:28 is “Thou shalt not revile the judges …”
It’s the same with the Lord’s quote of Psalm 82:6 in John 10:34. In effect He was saying, “God calls you gods (judges) so why do you accuse me of blasphemy because I say I am God’s son? It was a sarcastic play on words in the Hebrew that doesn’t come across in English. Then He said,
“Don’t believe me because of what I say, believe me because of the things I do.” (John 10:37-38)
How Many Gods Are There?
QUESTION: My question: Is there more than one God ? I interpret Genesis 1:26 to mean that there may be multiple Gods through out the Universe. Then God said,
“let us make human beings in our image and likeness.”
ANSWER: The Hebrew word for God is plural, even though He claims to be one (Deut. 6:4). Because of that, plural pronouns are often used in reference to Him. Genesis 1:26 is a good example. Most scholars see this as a hint of the Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In a 7 chapter spread in Isaiah (Chapters 42-48) God made his claim to be the only God at least a dozen times. Perhaps the clearest one is in Isaiah 43:10-11. “Before me no god was formed nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no Savior.”
If you take Him at His word, then He’s the Only God.
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THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN IS “ANTI GOD” – (GOD WILL NOT ALLOW JERUSALEM TO BE DIVIDED).
Zech. 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
WORLD TERRORISM – WARS
GENERAL WORLD NEWS:
Rev. 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine
MASSIVE EARTH CHANGES/EARTHQUAKES/VOLCANOES ETC:
2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
CHRISTIAN AND RELIGIOUS WORLD NEWS:
Matt. 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Matt. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another
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Please keep in mind that this collection of News Articles is mainly concerning America, but also take note that what happens in America will also “Dramatically” affect Australia and the rest of the World “Massively”.
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MIDDLE EAST AND WORLD WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 37-38:
THE WHOLE WORLD IS UNSTABLE FINANCIALLY, POLITICALLY, PHYSICALLY, MORALLY, GODLY: – AND BECOMING MORE SO DAILY. (WE ARE IN THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS (MATT 24:8)
THE BIBLE STATES THAT IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE BEFORE THE START OF THE TRIBULATION OF MANKIND – (REVELATION 6)
But before that we have to go through the Birth Pangs, leading up to the Tribulation of Mankind; and I feel that the beginning of Matthew 24 explains that time very well.
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
APOSTASY WILL INCREASE IN THE LAST DAYS
THIS SECTION OF THE NEWS IS DEVOTED TO A FALLEN “APOSTATE WORLD” WE ARE LIVING IN THE TIMES OF “APOSTASY AND THE BEGINNING OF PERSECUTION” BE READY AND HOLD ONTO YOUR FAITH” JESUS IS COMING FOR HIS CHURCH” BE READY
2Tim. 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived
2Tim. 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived
2Tim. 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
2Tim. 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
2Tim. 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2Tim. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Tim. 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
2Tim. 4:1 ¶ I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2Tim. 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.
2Tim. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2Tim. 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2Tim. 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
2Tim. 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
2Tim. 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith
Rev. 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown
APOSTASY WILL INCREASE IN THE LAST DAYS
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CHRISLAM UPDATE: Pope Francis Said That In Order To Have A ‘Universal Peace’ The ‘Scourge Of Christian Fundamentalism’ Must First Be Eliminated, That’s You
https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/pope-francis-christian-fundamentalism-scourge-one-world-religion-chrislam-fundamentalist/ – by Geoffrey Grider December 6, 2019
Pope Francis said: “Beware of the fundamentalist groups: everyone has his own. In Argentina too there is a little fundamentalist corner. And let us try, with fraternity, to go forward. Fundamentalism is a scourge and all religions have some kind of fundamentalist first cousin there, which forms a group. I hope that this Message of Fraternity will be received by the international community, for the good of the whole human family, which must move from simple tolerance to true coexistence and peaceful coexistence.”
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Christian Fundamentalism is a scourge and all religions have some kind of fundamentalist first cousin there, which forms a group. I hope that this Message of Fraternity will be received by the international community.
While you have been out playing church, and downloading all the tracks from satanist Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King‘ album, the leader of the world’s largest religion, Pope Francis, has been brazenly bold and open about furthering his plans for the One World Religion of Chrislam. On November 18, Pope Francis stated that the only thing standing in his way of seeing his “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” covenant being realized are those nasty, scourge fundamentalist Bible believers who keep exposing him. I took it as a compliment.
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” Revelation 13:1,2 (KJV)
Naturally, the fake news Liberal media didn’t even bat an eye when the pope made these remarks, seeing as they are also pushing the globalist agenda. Here is what Pope Francis said about creating his One World Religion after getting rid of the fundamentalists:
In today’s precarious world, dialogue among religions is not a sign of weakness. It finds its own raison d’être in God’s dialogue with humanity. It is about changing historical attitudes. A scene from The Song of Roland comes to me as a symbol, when the Christians defeat the Muslims and put them all in line in front of the baptismal font, and one with a sword. And Muslims had to choose between baptism or the sword. That is what we Christians did. It was a mentality that today we cannot accept, nor understand, nor can it work anymore. Beware of the fundamentalist groups: everyone has his own. In Argentina too there is a little fundamentalist corner. And let us try, with fraternity, to go forward. Fundamentalism is a scourge and all religions have some kind of fundamentalist first cousin there, which forms a group. I hope that this Message of Fraternity will be received by the international community, for the good of the whole human family, which must move from simple tolerance to true coexistence and peaceful coexistence. source
Click on the source link to read his statement in full, it only gets worse. Much worse. Yes, the scourge of Christian fundamentalism is indeed stopping his question to bring into being the One World Religion of Chrislam.
THE SCOURGE OF CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISM IS STOPPING THE ONE WORLD RELIGION OF CHRISLAM
As you can see, in the context in which Pope Francis made his remarks, he was talking about Christian fundamentalists. A quick trip to the Encyclopedia Britannica defines for us what the definition of Christian Fundamentalism as understood by your average, educated America is:
Christian fundamentalism, movement in American Protestantism that arose in the late 19th century in reaction to theological modernism, which aimed to revise traditional Christian beliefs to accommodate new developments in the natural and social sciences, especially the theory of biological evolution. In keeping with traditional Christian doctrines concerning biblical interpretation, the mission of Jesus Christ, and the role of the church in society, fundamentalists affirmed a core of Christian beliefs that included the historical accuracy of the Bible, the imminent and physical Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and Christ’s Virgin Birth, Resurrection (see resurrection), and Atonement. Fundamentalism became a significant phenomenon in the early 20th century and remained an influential movement in American society into the 21st century. See also Evangelical church. source
Pope Francis is aggressively pushing forward in his quest to be the one who finally creates the One World Religion the Bible warns us will come in the last days, and he is making an absolutely dazzling amount of progress. Here is a quick random sampling of the great work he has done in 2019 alone:
Yes, if you are a Bible believer like we here at Now The End Begins are, then guess what? The pope of the Roman Catholic Church and the king of Vatican City, also known as the Whore of Babylon, thinks you are a ‘fundamentalist scourge’. Webster’s 1828 dictionary is kind enough to use ‘scourge’ in a sentence for us, ready?
Scourge in a sentence: “The disease continues to be a scourge in the developing world.” and “a city ravaged by the scourge of unemployment”. source
As you can see, a ‘scourge’ is something that needs to be eradicated and gotten rid of, like yesterday’s rotting garbage or a festering disease. This is precisely and exactly the view that Pope Francis takes of Biblical fundamentalists, that we are standing in his way of the coming One World Religion of Chrislam. And guess what? He’s right, we are standing in his way exactly as the Bible commands believers to do in the end times. Who’s standing with us?
“And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.” Acts 20:22-25 (KJV)
I take it as a badge of honor, a supreme compliment, to be referred to by the man who just may be the False Prophet of Revelation 13, as a scourge and as a Christian fundamentalist, because that’s exactly what I am, and you should be as well. If a man like Pope Francis doesn’t think you’re a scourge, then guess what? You’re a compromised, lukewarm Laodicean Christian. Is that really how you want to go it when the Rapture comes? Get in the game, soldier, it’s time to do battle.
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Deceptive New Netflix Series ‘Messiah’ Heralds The Coming Of The Biblical Antichrist And Has Based The Main Character On Dajjal Of Islam
https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/netflix-series-messiah-heralds-coming-biblical-antichrist-dajjal-mahdi-islam-end-times-chrislam-666/ – by Geoffrey Grider December 7, 2019
With big, bold letters Netflix announces the coming of their new series ‘MESSIAH’, but one look at the main character tells you right away that while he may be a christ, he is absolutely not Jesus Christ. The unnamed character in ‘MESSIAH’ is dark and foreboding, with a sinister glint in his eyes, so much so that many who have watched the trailer have posted comments asking if his right eye goes blind in future episodes. Why would they ask that? Because that is a hallmark of Antichrist.
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“Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.”
https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/netflix-series-messiah-heralds-coming-biblical-antichrist-dajjal-mahdi-islam-end-times-chrislam-666/ – by Geoffrey Grider
With big, bold letters Netflix announces the coming of their new series ‘MESSIAH‘, but one look at the main character tells you right away that while he may be a christ, he is absolutely not Jesus Christ. The unnamed character in ‘MESSIAH’ is dark and foreboding, with a sinister glint in his eyes, so much so that many who have watched the trailer have posted comments asking if his right eye goes blind in future episodes. Why would they ask that? Because that is a hallmark of Antichrist.
“For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.” Zechariah 11:16,17 (KJV)
In fact, the ‘messiah’ in this new series doesn’t look Jewish at all, he looks like a Muslim, and as you begin to understand what Netflix has done here, the connection to Islam is at once sudden and stunning. Students of the Bible will recall that God has His Christ, or Messiah, and is called Jesus Christ throughout scripture. But the Devil also has his christ, or messiah, which the Bible calls the ‘son of perdition’ and Antichrist. That’s why when I hear people talking about having “faith in christ”, I always respond by saying, “which one?” That’s why lost people like satanists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muslims can use the term ‘christ” all day long, but mention the Name of Jesus and it’s WWIII.
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In Islamic teachings, there is a man named Dajjal who is said to have only one eye, and is a man of evil. Netflix has not given their main character a name in ‘MESSIAH’, but hundreds of commenter’s are doing that for them and calling him Dajjal. In Islam, Dajjal is defeated by the Mahdi, the Muslim version of Jesus at the Second Coming, but we know that Islam, while they reference the Bible does not teach the Bible. From a biblical perspective, both Dajjal and the Mahdi are one and the same.
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (KJV)
Brethren, we are getting close, so very, very close to the time when the actual, literal Antichrist will appear on the scene in the days after the Pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church takes place. So close that Netflix is spending untold millions to bring you the news and prepare for his arrival. Everything is in place. Pope Francis is busy actually assembling the ONE WORLD RELIGION OF CHRISLAM, darkness is rising at an unprecedented rate, turmoil in the Middle East is roiling, the Rapture Index is sky-high.
“O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.” Isaiah 10:5,6 (KJV)
Dajjal means “deceiver” in Arabic. In Islamic eschatology, Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal is an evil false prophet whom, it is said, will come to earth and try to lure people into following Shaytan (Satan). In the Hadith, an Islamic holy book said to contain the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, Dajjal is described as having curly hair, one eye, and the word “kafir” – unbeliever – on his forehead.
Remember that the Antichrist, who the Bible has already told us will be Judas Iscariot, will be a half-breed Syrian Jew that the prophet Isaiah calls ‘The Assyrian”. So for Netflix to portray their ‘MESSIAH’ as a Muslim is spot on, because he will be. It’s funny, Paul says we “walk by faith and not by sight”, but the signs of what’s coming could not be more clear or more obvious. The only question is, are YOU ready for what comes next? Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines is now boarding…
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Pope Francis has compared U.S. President Donald Trump to the murderous King Herod who massacred innocent children in ancient Palestine while trying to kill the baby Jesus, a Jesuit journal revealed Thursday.
Speaking with his brother Jesuits during his recent visit to Thailand, the Argentinian pope minced no words in his thinly veiled condemnation of the U.S. president and his administration, suggesting that like a modern-day Herod, Mr. Trump separates families at the border while allowing drugs to freely flow into the country.
“In other parts there are walls that even separate children from parents. Herod comes to mind,” Francis said. “Yet for drugs, there’s no wall to keep them out.”
“The phenomenon of migration is compounded by war, hunger and a ‘defensive mindset,’ which makes us in a state of fear believe that you can defend yourself only by strengthening borders. At the same time, there is exploitation.”
In this Q&A session, the pontiff also proposed that the rise of populism is at the root of migrants’ problems in Europe.
“I must admit that I am shocked by some of the narratives I hear in Europe about borders,” the pope said. “Populism is gaining strength.”
“The phenomenon of refugees has always existed, but today it is better known because of social differences, hunger, political tensions and especially war. For these reasons, migratory movements are intensifying,” he said.
“What is the answer the world gives? The policy of waste,” he continued. “Refugees are waste material. The Mediterranean has been turned into a cemetery. The notorious cruelty of some detention centers in Libya touches my heart.”
“The Christian tradition has a rich evangelical experience in dealing with the problem of refugees. We also remember the importance of welcoming the foreigner as the Old Testament teaches us,” he said.
https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – By Michael Curtis
I spend my days in longing, wondering why it’s me you’re wronging. I can’t believe you have such a hatred.
The disease of antisemitism, a historic hatred, seems to have no end, as recent events in London, and in numerous countries including France, Italy, Belgium, and Norway, demonstrate.
It is saddening to recount once again the animosity, bigotry, and prejudice toward Jews as individuals and as members of a collective people, expressed not only by pygmy minds, but also by the social media and universities.
There may be confusion and controversy over the distinction between genuine criticism of the State of Israel and its leaders and antisemitism. On December 3, 2019, the National Assembly in France approved a draft resolution that calls hatred of Israel a form of antisemitism. A working definition of the issue was proposed by Natan Sharansky, who suggested that the use of the three Ds — demonization, delegitimization, and subjection of Israel to double standards — indicates that the line to antisemitism had been crossed.
All antisemitic actions and utterances illustrate the toxic hatred of Jews. On the Friday evening, during Sabbath, when Orthodox Jews do not use telephones, on November 29, 2019 at Clapton Common, Stamford Hill, in north London, an unnamed foreign rabbi, visiting London for a family wedding, was assaulted, leaving him bleeding and dazed, by two young black men wearing hoods, shouting, “Kill the Jews.” Only five days earlier, on November 24, three Jewish children had been attacked on a bus in the same area of Stamford Hill. These were new instances of the exponential increase in antisemitic attacks in Britain.
A new report by Antisemitism Barometer Research, a study by Campaign Against Antisemitism aided by academics in King’s College, London, revealed the features of the present nature of antisemitism in Britain. Antisemitism on the far left is now greater than on the far right. About 60% of the far left believe at least one antisemitic stereotype. Some 84% of British Jews feel that Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labor Party, is a threat to the Jewish community. Corbyn is now the candidate of choice for antisemites. Because of this, two fifths of British Jews have considered emigrating in the past two years.
Disputes over displays of antisemitism have arisen over the well-known carnival parade in the Belgian town of Aalst, near Brussels. The parade, which usually draws an audience of 100,000 people a year, has always featured mockery, unbridled humor, and satire, of politicians, religious leaders, and the rich and famous. It has also featured an antisemitic float. In previous years, some participants were dressed in Nazi SS uniforms, holding canisters labeled Zyklon B, the poison used by the Nazis to gas Jews. In May 2019, the parade featured caricatures of Orthodox Jews, hook-nosed Jews, sitting on piles of money. The float was criticized by UNESCO, which had put Aalst on its intangible cultural heritage list and was critical of the antisemitic imagery.
However, Mayor Christian D’Haese, a Flemish nationalist, said he was tired of attacks on the carnival and said he would no longer seek UNESCO recognition for the carnival.
Other peoples have been persecuted or suffered discrimination, but the fate of the Jewish people, through time and space, is unique. Even if there is no exact current replica of Adolf Hitler or Julius Streicher, it is appalling that a publication such as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a Russian secret service forgery, should be read and quoted in many countries. Antisemitism is an inexplicable disease, perhaps the consequence of racism, xenophobia, and the search for a scapegoat to account for the existence of problems. But it is an evil, and one that should be eliminated.
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U.S. AND ISRAEL: ATTACK BY IRAN COMING, PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY
Zvi Yehezkeli, Channel 13‘s Arab affairs correspondent, warned that the US forces said that Iran is prepared to launch another provocative attack.
“US reports show that the Iranians are prepared for another provocative attack,” Yehezkeli told 103FM Radio. “The assumption that the more Iranians are worried about their home, the less likely they are to attack outsiders is mistaken. That’s why this meeting was held, and that’s the reason for the US pressure. The Iranians understand that their strength comes from provoking the West, that that’s where they build their strength and build their deterrence.”
“It’s clear that in the US, [US President Donald] Trump doesn’t want to be militarily involved with Iran. They prefer sanctions. But that is also provocative. Look at the maps of where Iran’s weapons are located, they’ve placed medium-range weapons in Iraq, they sent parts of advanced weapons to Yemen, they increased their presence in Syria, and it doesn’t stop. I think that the Israeli attacks or American shouts do not stop the Iranians. That’s the bottom line regarding what’s happening in the area right now.
When you talk about the Iranians preparing for more attacks, does that include possibly against us as well?
“Yes. Don’t forget that we’re still preparing. I will remind you that we still have a score to settle with them after their last attack in Syria, when they fired some missiles at Mount Hermon and Israel began a widescale attack. You think the Iranians forgot about that? That Qasem Soleimani fell asleep? No. There’s a saying that ‘revenge is best served cold,’ or very cold, if we’re talking about the Iranians.”
Meaning you think Israel should be preparing for that possibility?
“Yes, I think that Israel is already preparing for that possibility. You don’t need secret reports in order to see that the Americans’ behavior and the Israelis’ behavior says that the Iranians are working on a kind of provocative attack. I don’t know how strong it’ll be or where exactly it’ll be, but we’ve seen at lesat six of those kinds of attacks throughout this year.
“I’ll note the large attack on a Saudi oil field, as well as the downing of a US UAV and the suspicious sinking of ships in the Hormuz Straits. There are a lot of ways to provoke – with approval, without approval. But what we do need to understand is that the Iranians are working on it
“This week in The New York Times there was a horrific article about 100 protesters [in Iran] who hid in a sugar cane field and thought the Revolutionary Guards didn’t see them. They surrounded them quietly and murdered all of the 100 by shooting at them, until the families came and evacuated their bodies. That’s Iran today, and if you think that the protests there weakened it – exactly the opposite is happening. Note that the more Iran chokes from sanctions, the more it attacks the region. Note the huge rise in the number of attacks agaiinst Israeli, Arab, and US interests in the region.”
So Israel is preparing, or needs to prepare, for an Iranian attack.
“Certainly. Both the Israelis and the Americans
are preparing for a kind of Iranian reaction, which will certainly come at some point in the future.”
This time, US forces pushed back immediately after Iraqi Shiite militias lobbed five rockets into the big Ain Al-Assad airbase in western Iraq. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, American aircraft attacked their base in the Iranian Al Qods Brigades military compound near Abu Kamal on the Syrian-Iraqi border and destroyed their rocket launchers.
By this operation, Washington signaled Tehran that the posture of non-response to Iranian aggression, prevailing up to and including Iran’s cruise missile/drone assault on Saudi oil on Sept. 14, was over. Henceforth, the US would respond with force for every attack by Iranian or pro-Iranian forces on US or allied targets in the Middle East. For the first time, US aircraft conducted a direct strike against one of the Iranian Al Qods military facilities in Syria, that were targeted hitherto solely by the Israeli air force.
This contest has therefore undergone a radical change. From now on, both the US and Israel air forces may respond to Iranian provocations, while Tehran may also start hitting back when its forces are attacked.
Iran has meanwhile boosted its military footprint in Syria.
Russian and Syrian sources report that Iran has deployed an advanced Bavar-373 air defense system, at the big Syrian T-4 air base east of Homs. This system has a range of 250km and its radar commands a 350km radius. A new Iranian defense umbrella now covers all eastern Syria, including the border with Iraq, Deir ez-Zour and the al Qods and Iraqi militias based there.
Western military sources define Bavar-373 as a hybrid developed from the technology of the Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense systems. It is capable of detecting and intercepting cruise missiles and advanced stealth planes such as the US F-35 and F-22 which serve the US and Israel air forces.
DEBKAfile’s military sources note that since T-4 is an important base for Russian aircraft and gunships, Tehran would have needed permission from the Russian command in Syria before positioning the Bavar-737 there. No confirmation is available from Moscow on this deployment.
Israeli special forces meanwhile traveled to Cyprus this week for the IDF’s fourth exercise in three years of fighting in rocky, mountainous terrain similar to that in Lebanon and Syria. Soldiers of the elite Egoz, Maglan and Duvdevan units of the IDF’s Commando Brigade took part in the exercise, together with the air force’s transport helicopter squadrons, a squadron of drones, the search-and-rescue 669 Unit, and an air squadron simulating enemy aircraft.
A proposed US-Israeli defense treaty is gaining steam after a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (currently representing an ‘interim’ government) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Lisbon this week.
Speaking of the controversial defense pact, Netanyahu told reporters of the Wednesday discussion: “The meeting with Pompeo was critical for Israeli security,” and added, “We agreed to promote a defense pact.”
However, such a controversial pact wold have a long way to go in the domestic politics of both nations, considering it would commit the United States to war to defend Israel. This also at a time when Israel has frequently attacked what it deems ‘Iranian targets’ inside Syria and Iraq in what both countries have condemned as acts of brazen aggression.
Senator Lindsey Graham has been its biggest and most outspoken Congressional supporter, telling a pro-Israel conference last month, “My hope is that we can draft a mutual defense agreement that is consistent with Israel’s ability to defend herself, consistent with the United States’ strategic interest – which is to make sure that our No. 1 ally in the region doesn’t go by the wayside.”
But the proposal is currently having a more direct impact on Israeli politics, given that opposition rival to Netanyahu, Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz, has vehemently opposed it amid stalled power-sharing negotiations which could send Israelis to the polls for a third time within a year. The opposition says such a defense pact is an invitation for Washington to meddle in Israeli affairs.
Netanyahu has sought to deflect these criticisms, saying, “We will do it with full cooperation with the IDF and security forces and ensure total freedom of action for the US and the IDF.” He has also vowed to “increase the pressure on the Iranians”. Axios reports of the outcome to Wednesday’s meeting further:
Netanyahu said he and Pompeo agreed to promote the issue moving forward. He said he will have to check if it is possible to legally sign a defense treaty with an interim government in place. Netanyahu said he will ensure the defense treaty will not limit the Israel Defense Forces’ freedom of operation.
Given the Trump Administration has made its preference for Netanyahu clear from the start, it appears the embattled ‘interim’ prime minister is touting the defense pact as key reason why he needs to remain in power.
Few details have been revealed in terms of what the defense pact would contain, but it’s clear that the potential for committing the US to more ‘endless wars’ in the Middle East would significantly increase.
https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Judah Ari Gross
TEHRAN ACCUSES ISRAEL OF TESTING ‘A NUKE-MISSILE, AIMED AT IRAN‘
Defense Ministry confirms successful rocket propulsion test, but gives no details; accusation comes days after Iran slammed for working on nuclear-capable missiles
Tehran on Friday accused Israel of testing a nuclear-capable missile “aimed at Iran,” after the Defense Ministry carried out a launch of what it described as a “test of a rocket propulsion system.”
“Israel today tested a nuke-missile, aimed at Iran,” tweeted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Zarif was likely speaking figuratively as Israel usually test fires missiles to the West over the Mediterranean and not towards Iran in the East.
“E3 & US never complain about the only nuclear arsenal in West Asia — armed with missiles actually DESIGNED to be capable of carrying nukes — but has fits of apoplexy over our conventional & defensive ones,” he said.
Israel today tested a nuke-missile, aimed at Iran.
E3 & US never complain about the only nuclear arsenal in West Asia—armed with missiles actually DESIGNED to be capable of carrying nukes—but has fits of apoplexy over our conventional & defensive ones. https://t.co/r4EqXkhcCN
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 6, 2019
His comments come a day after France, Germany and the United Kingdom said “Iran’s developments of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles” go against a UN Security Council resolution calling on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to such missiles.
The Israeli Defense Ministry gave few details on the missile test conducted Friday morning.
“The defense establishment conducted a launch test a few minutes ago of a rocket propulsion system from a base in the center of the country,” the ministry said.
“The test was scheduled in advance and was carried out as planned.”
The Defense Ministry refused to comment on the nature of the rocket being tested, leading to speculation that it was a ballistic missile.
Israel does not publicly acknowledge having ballistic missiles in its arsenals, though according to foreign reports, the Jewish state possesses a nuclear-capable variety known as the Jericho that has a multi-stage engine, a 5,000-kilometer range and is capable of carrying a 1,000-kilogram warhead.
The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region.
John Rood, defense undersecretary for policy, told senators Thursday that Defense Secretary Mark Esper “intends to make changes” to the number of troops deployed in the region. Other officials said options under consideration could send between 5,000 and 7,000 troops to the Middle East, but they all stressed that there have been no final decisions yet. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
The troop deliberations follow several decisions since spring to beef up the US presence in the Middle East because of a series of maritime attacks and bombings in Saudi Arabia that the US and others have blamed on Iran.
US President Donald Trump has approved those increases, even though he also routinely insists that he is pulling US troops out of the Middle East and withdrawing from what he calls “endless wars” against extremists. In October, Trump told his supporters that despite the sacrificing of US lives in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East, the region is less safe and stable today.
“The single greatest mistake our country made in its history,” he said, “was going into the quicksand of the Middle East.”
Asked about a possible troop increase, Trump told reporters Thursday: “We’ll announce whether we will or not. Certainly there might be a threat. And if there is a threat, it will be met very strongly. But we will be announcing what we may be doing — may or may not be doing.”
Later Thursday, Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien said the president was open to sending more troops to the Middle East.
“If the troops are needed to deter Iran, we have the capacity to move them into the region — although I don’t think that’s happening right now,” O’Brien said on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier.”
Military leaders have argued that the US needs to increase its presence in the region in order to deter Iran from conducting more and broader attacks. Rood provided no details to back up why the additional troops are needed, but said the US is concerned about recent intelligence indications suggesting an increased threat from Iran.
The troop discussions came as the Trump administration on Thursday accused Iranian security forces of killing more than 1,000 people in crackdowns against recent protests that have swept the country.
The estimated death toll is significantly higher than previously estimates from human rights groups and others, and the administration did not present documentary evidence to back up the claim. But Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, told reporters the tally was based on a variety of reports coming out of Iran as well as intelligence analyses.
Speaking at the State Department, Hook said the US had received and reviewed video of one specific incident of repression in the city of Mahshahr in which the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps had mowed down at least 100 protesters with machine-gun fire.
He said the video was one of tens of thousands of submissions the US has gotten since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appealed last month for Iranians to submit evidence of atrocities by the authorities in putting down the protests. In it, he said IRGC forces can be seen opening fire on protesters blocking a road and then surrounding those who fled to nearby marshlands where they were sprayed with bullets.
In addition to the deaths, Hook said more than 7,000 protesters had been detained, with many sent to two prisons. Hook said that Pompeo had notified Congress on Thursday that both prisons would be hit with US sanctions for gross human rights abuses. It was not immediately clear when those designations would occur.
THINGS TO COME:
Precedent always becomes practice.
Having established as legitimate the use of cameras to robotically ticket people for “speeding” and “running” red lights – timed to go red quickly, so as to ensnare as many drivers as possible – it was only a matter of time before the principle was extrapolated – now to include automatically ticketing people for using their cell phones while driving.
But it’s more than just cameras now – and it will be more than just cell phone use that’s targeted for confiscation (of your money, that is).
Because why shouldn’t it be?
Buckle-up laws, for instance? How about breaking traction?
In Australia – the same place that is the first place to use the AI cameras to “catch” cell phone “violators” – who will be mulcted to the tune of $344-$457 for not harming anyone – performing a burnout is already a major bust that can result in confiscation (and forfeiture) of the offender’s vehicle.
But an armed government worker had to witness the burnout.
The cameras witness everything – everywhere.
All the time.
A network is being erected that will make it impossible to “get away” with ignoring any edict issued by the control freaks and busybodies who lord it over us. Pre-Panopticon, the myriad tyrannical laws on the books had the upside of being to a great extent ignorable.
Armed government workers can’t be everywhere.
Cameras can. They already are.
Have a look around – and up – the next time you’re out driving around. In most parts of the country these Creepy Cams are perched on top of every traffic signal arm, or curbside.
Armed government worker’s vehicles are being equipped with mobile cameras, also tied into the panopticon. There is talk – and more than just talk – of replacing parking meters in cities with “smart” meters with cameras in them – also tied into the same panopticon.
Soon, wherever you drive – and park – you will be seen. Anything – everything – that is not in ordnung will be noticed. Not by a human. But by an artificial intelligence overlord that – to quote an eerily predictive line from the original Terminator movie, way back in 1984 – cannot be reasoned with or bargained with . . .
Another precedent that was allowed to pass into practice with the adoption of camera enforcement was the vitiation of the government’s obligation to establish guilt before fleecing. This was accomplished by shifting traffic offenses from court-adjudicated to civil administrative actions, where it became (and remains) the obligation of the presumed guilty to – somehow – reverse the camera’s verdict.
The rules of court procedure – of due process – do not apply. The presumed guilty verdict is subject to reversal not by evidence or its lack but rather according to the whim of whomever – or whatever – the government-corporate nexus gives . . . administrative power to.
You can sometimes send in an “explanation” – and whatever else you like – but it’s perfunctory, like the practice in Elizabethan times of permitting the condemned to say a few words before the executioner lopped off his head. The head-lopping was never in doubt.
Today, if the government wants your money, they’ll take your money (to borrow a turn of phrase from another eerily prescient movie).
There is one upside to all of this, though.
When it becomes impossible to leave your driveway (and maybe not even that) without being observed – and mulcted – people might begin to object. Try to imagine what it would be like if you had to obey every speed limit – to the letter – else payin’ paper. Full stop – and wait a three second count – at every stop sign. Never dare a right-on-red, an HOV “violation” or an unbuckled ride.
No “aggressive” acceleration, either.
Your papers – all of them – always in ordnung.
That’s what’s coming. Unless we decide to reject the principle – and establish a new precedent. There’s still time.
The clock, however, is ticking – and midnight approaches.
At the end of 1984, Slavery is Freedom, two plus two equals five, and Winston Smith loves Big Brother. The Party has destroyed Smith’s mind, he embraces whatever narratives it promulgates. The fictive Party has solved the conundrum that bedevils any individual or organization seeking to exercise power: coercion can exact physical compliance and the desired verbalizations, but how do you compel the subjugated to think and believe as you want them to think and believe?
Our Party, the confederation of powerful people who promulgate the narratives that always point the same direction—more government and power for the powerful, less freedom for the subjugated—has yet to reach the mind control of Orwell’s Party, but not for want of desire or effort. We know the Party’s narratives: globalism, climate change, surveillance, incarceration, political correctness, open borders, free migration, fiat debt, central economic planning, socialized education and medical care, and wars on terrorism, drugs, poverty, any regime that refuses to toe the Party line, hydrocarbons, private firearms, individual rights, privacy, precious metals and cash, and socialized education and medical care. We know the Party’s institutions: governments, central banks and their central banks, intelligence agencies, military forces, police, permanent bureaucracies, multinational corporations, multilateral economic, political, and financial institutions, foundations, universities, nonprofits, and NGOs. We know the Party’s overlapping mouthpieces: the mainstream media, think tanks, government and intelligence agency propaganda organs, crony executives and their companies, Hollywood, and academia. And we know the figureheads who stock governments and their allied institutions, and the Party puppeteers who pull their strings.
We also know the Party is not omnipotent. Just as Orwell’s Party went to all that trouble to ensure Winston Smith thought the right thoughts, our Party wants our belief, acceptance, and consent. Control is far easier to exercise on a population that accepts being controlled and gives carte blanche to its controllers. That Donald Trump, who occasionally tells inconvenient truths but has done precious little to actually change the way the government operates, elicits paroxysms of spastic rage shows just how important it is to the Party that we all think the right thoughts.
Twenty years ago, the whole concept of a Deep State was fringe, a notion embraced only by kooks and so-called conspiracy theorists. There was an American Deep State with international connections and it had been running the country since at least WWII, but it really was deep, few people on the outside were aware of it. Now, the phrase is routinely cited by the president, deployed every day in the alternative media, and even the mainstream media occasionally use it.
Thanks to the Internet, those of us who are paying attention know our Party’s narratives, institutions, mouthpieces, and personnel are evil to their rotten core. We don’t know all the details, but we don’t have to, the incontrovertible truths we have are enough. Epstein could have disclosed devastating truths about Party pedophiles, perverts, and pimps, and we’ve been Epstein-Barred too often to believe he killed himself. Once your eyes are opened, they stay open and you become an expert at spotting EBS. You reflexively reject Party propaganda and by implication, the Party itself.
Popular discontent and protests, some violent, are breaking out all over the world. A number of causes have been cited: corrupt governments, wealth inequality, domestic interference by foreign governments and institutions, rising taxes, fees, and the overall cost of living, and disconnected politicians, bureaucrats, and institutions. While all of these undoubtedly play a role, there’s one constant that is rarely cited: people are fed up with the lies. They’re enraged by the hidden agendas, incompetence, and evil the lies are meant to hide.
The Chinese government is typical, it rests on lies. You don’t need to censor the internet or institute a social credit system if truth is your lodestar. It has told a whopper regarding Hong Kong: that a totalitarian system can accommodate a second system that confers substantially more freedom.
If China finds the protests of around two million Hong Kong residents troublesome, protests from even one percent of mainland Chinese—roughly ten million people—would be a nightmare. Freedom and totalitarianism are self-evidently incompatible, and sooner or later the Chinese government will try to impose its system on Hong Kong. That’s the truth it cannot tell. The protests may serve as the pretext, or there may be some sort of creeping consolidation before the “One Country, Two Systems” charade ends in 2047. Either way, Hong Kong’s days as a semi-free enclave are numbered. Its citizens know it, and that’s the main fuel for the current conflagration, regardless of what the American and British governments are doing to fan the flames.
As I say on the Welcome page of Straight Line Logic: The truth always threatens those whose power and wealth rests on lies. Through history that has meant governments and those who align their fates with governments.However, the unbelievers may not be as big a problem for the Party as the believers.
The Party has morons on its team: those who still believe its narratives. It doesn’t matter if true believers are PhDs, Mensa members, or billionaires, in real-world intelligence they’re not the sharpest tools in the shed. The problem with having morons on your team is that they’re, well, morons. They’re the Party’s allies, but that’s like a military alliance with Haiti. They’re too stupid or lazy to try to figure out the world they live in and aren’t going to get their first clue until the handouts stop. As collapse accelerates and reaches full fruition, the ranks of the disbelieving and cynical will only grow. You quit believing when you’re starving. The Party’s already faltering mind control effort will fail, even among the morons.
Most of the PhDs, Mensa members, and billionaires who profess belief know the con but go along with it for pelf and power. They have everything but principles and will spout Party proper-speak as long as it’s in their interest. So the Party can count on the support of the venal and the duplicitous, but how staunch and steadfast will that support be when collapse accelerates, chaos reigns, and it’s every man for himself? We’ll see.
The Party narrative is problematic not just because of the quality of people who believe or profess to believe it. The more significant deficiency is that it doesn’t correspond to reality. You can have millions, even billions, of believers who fervently believe that two plus two equals five, but that means you have millions, even billions, of intellectual cripples who can’t balance a checkbook or perform any other elementary arithmetic function. Or any of the higher operations arithmetic supports—like science and technology.
The same things can be said about climate modeling, except with more emphasis, because climate is more complex and has more potentially interacting variables—some of which we undoubtedly don’t know about—than financial markets. Climate models should be considered inherently unreliable, and models that purport to explain and predict climate based on one or two variables laughably so. If we can’t predict financial markets we certainly can’t predict climate. The state of human knowledge and predictive acumen just isn’t there.
Yet, on the basis of these inherently faulty climate models, many of which have already revealed their deficiencies, the world is supposed to reduce its standard of living, embrace radical, costly, and potentially deadly changes in power generation, food consumption, modes of travel, and economic activity, and hand power over to multilateral and global institutions, supposedly the only way with which the predicted consequences can be dealt.
The problem with morons and what they believe is that reality-based non-morons can’t wall them off to live with each other and the consequences of their collective irrationality and neuroticism. They insist we live according to their moronic dictates. Conflict is inevitable. However, the quality of the two sides will be far more important than their quantity.
The Party got what it wanted from Winston Smith—a dolt who believed its self-contradictory narratives, but wasn’t much good for anything else. It’s not clear if it was even economically worthwhile for the Party to keep Smith alive. As a dolt could he produce more than he consumed?
In the coming conflict, one motivated hacker rebel will be worth at least 10 million Winston Smiths. A military specialist rebel able to organize and lead guerrilla operations will be worth at least a million Winston Smiths. And any rebel who refuses to be Epstein-Barred, sees through the Party’s narratives, fights its dictates, and has a unwavering dedication to the truth will be worth at least 100,000 Winston Smiths.
According to geologists, an earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone could trigger a similar shaker on the San Andreas fault to the south and thus create a giant seismic event along the U.S. West Coast.
Today, at least 4 earthquakes hit at on near the Mendocino Triple Junction, an area where the Cascadia and the San Andreas Fault meet.
And now a new earthquake research to be presented by Oregon-based geologists next week sounds like a B movie plot.
A great earthquake along the Pacific Northwest’s offshore Cascadia fault triggers another great earthquake on the northern San Andreas Fault.
In what may be a case where science catches up to the fertile imaginations of Hollywood script writers, attendees at a major earth science meeting in San Francisco will hear evidence that this cascade of disaster happened many times over the past couple of millennia.
“I mean, Cascadia is big enough by itself,” said Goldfinger, a professor of geology and geophysics at the university. “But if you add in San Francisco and the North Coast, it is literally almost a grade B movie scenario that people don’t want to think about that much.”
Yes, a major quake from the offshore Cascadia subduction zone could trigger California’s famous San Andreas Fault. And those are two of the most dangerous seismic regions in the U.S.
Goldfinger has been studying the Cascadia Subduction Zone for years. The fault runs roughly 600 miles off the west coast, from northern California to British Columbia, where several smaller tectonic plates are sliding under the much larger North American Plate. That subduction zone is capable of producing earthquakes with devastating destructive potential, up to magnitude 9.0.
The San Andreas fault, by contrast, runs about 750 miles under the northern California coast and parts of inland southern California. It is easily the world’s most infamous fault, responsible for the 1906 earthquake that leveled large parts of San Francisco and the Loma Prieta that shook the same region in 1989.
Unlike the Cascadia Subduction Zone, where plates are sliding under one another, the San Andreas Fault is known as a transform fault, the tectonic plates are moving laterally, sliding past each other.
The two faults meet in an area known as the Mendocino Triple Junction. Now, Goldfinger has found evidence that a quake on one could trigger a quake on the other, in essence making for one giant seismic event that would span the entire west coast of the U.S.
The new results stem from the analysis of sediment cores from the Mendocino Triple Junction area. Those cores, pulled from canyons on the ocean floor, show evidence of earthquakes in the form of underwater landslides. Using carbon dating, Goldfinger found that nearly a dozen earthquakes occurred throughout history on both faults at the same time.
Moreover, the analysis found no evidence for the stress transfer working in reverse – from south to north.
Well, when you have two big faults that connect directly, there’s a pretty high probability they’re going to interact in some way. So one fault triggering another, or even becoming synchronized with the other for a period of time, is not a fantastical scenario. It is actually a fairly likely scenario. It just isn’t on the radar anywhere yet.
But it’s not so common to have linkage across two different kinds of faults, from a subduction zone onto a strike-slip fault. So this is new and interesting.
https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – By David Archibald
One of the first people to see that the infatuation with China would end in tears was Robert Kaplan. In 2005 he wrote an article entitled “How We Would Fight China”, though he didn’t say when or why we will be doing that fighting, or even the how as per the title.
Well the tears are flowing now as the relationship is mostly over. China’s share of world exports peaked just shy of 15% in 2015 and is now contracting. China’s share of world GDP is also about 15% and that too will contract.
In Carroll Quigley’s ‘Tragedy and Hope’ first published in 1966, he wrote that the Chinese Communist regime in the first years after its founding was “insanely aggressive.” The Chicoms reverted to type about ten years ago and went back to ‘snarl diplomacy.’ Only being poor had kept them from trying to impose their will on others.
The corporate retreat from China is proceeding as fast as factory production can be relocated. But even if China wasn’t in breach of its WTO obligations to have a free market economy and a convertible currency, didn’t steal intellectual property, and wasn’t bullying its neighbours, there is another reason why we should completely decouple from China and it is a reason that is overarching and critical to our self-worth as a civilisation.
Dr Arthur Waldron, now a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has been studying China for over 50 years. He married a Chinese lady so his views are not those of an inherent Sinophobe. In an online interview he provides interesting detail on the mistakes made in our relationship with China, starting with Nixon.
Dr Waldron starts the interview by reminding us that:
China is the most evil regime the world has seen since the Third Reich, setting aside the Soviet Union.
The whole 68-minute interview is interesting but where he is a thought leader is in his parable of the delicatessen, transcribed below:
Suppose you lived on 86th st and at the local delicatessen with fine produce, at the front of the shop were all these goodies.
But if you went to the very back of the shop there were sort of vats which were kept just above freezing which had freshly harvested kidneys and livers and hearts and all the things which are used at this moment. …
People are being killed so their organs can be used for transplants. Many of which go to the very elderly Chinese leadership or their children. The son of one of the recent leaders of China has had cancer and he has had many organs replaced.
Well, what would you say about this shop. Would you say, well, I think I’ll just shop in the front of the shop and I won’t pay any attention to the fact that there are all these living human organs, God knows where they came from, that are in the back.
What you would say is ‘What the heck is this shop doing in America?’
You can’t decouple these things. This is one integral system.
And that is one of the reasons we have to quarantine China economically.
A rationalisation for saying ‘Well yes it’s true that there is some question with what Hitler is doing with the gypsies and the Jews but Leica still makes a hell of a good camera.”
In the late 1930s when it was quite evident that Hitler was persecuting and killing minorities, would you have bought any German goods, knowing that in doing so you were an enabler of that evil regime? It is no different today. Every Chinese plastic toy or Christmas decoration plucked off the shelves at Walmart contributes to a future U.S. combat death, but beyond that there are also metaphorical vats of human organs at the back of the Walmart store that the buyer is enabling.
Thankfully killing people for their organs is repugnant to us and that needs to continue if we are to remain a good and kind civilisation. But trading with, speaking with, interacting with people who kill people for their organs debases us.
If we continue trading with such people that makes us morally complicit in their barbarism. For our souls, for our self-respect at least, we must stop trading with such people, and training them in our universities, and letting them into the country.
Dr Waldron’s view is that without our trade the Chinese polity will disintegrate; their state-owned enterprises aren’t enough to sustain their economy. The Chinese people’s best chance of liberation is if we nudge things in that direction.
https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – by Soeren Kern
The continuing debate over migration is, at its core, about European federalism and the degree to which the European Union will be allowed to usurp decision-making powers from its 28 member states.
If everything goes according to plan, the draft legislation would be adopted by the European Parliament in the second half of 2020 when Germany holds the presidency of the EU. It would then be ratified by the European Council, made up of the leaders of the EU member states.
“We fundamentally reject illegal migration. We also reject allowing smuggling gangs to decide who will live in Europe.” — Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.
“The V4’s [Visegrád group: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia] position is clear. We are not willing to admit any illegal migrants into central Europe. The success and security of central Europe is thanks to our pursuit of a firm anti-migration policy, and this will endure…. Hungarians insist on our right to decide whom to allow into our country and with whom we wish to live.” — Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has unveiled a new plan to reform the European asylum system.
A draft of the proposal leaked to the media shows that all member states of the European Union would be required to take in illegal migrants.
Countries in Central and Eastern Europe are opposed to mandatory relocations on the basis that decisions about the granting of residence permits should be kept at the national level. They have noted that by unilaterally imposing migrant quotas on EU member states, unelected bureaucrats in Brussels are seeking to force the democratically elected leaders of Europe to submit to their diktat.
Indeed, the continuing debate over migration is, at its core, about European federalism and the degree to which the European Union will be allowed to usurp decision-making powers from its 28 member states.
Seehofer presented his four-page plan to reform the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) to the new president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in Brussels on December 2. She is expected to unveil her migration proposals in February 2020, ahead of Germany’s six-month presidency of the European Council which begins in July 2020.
The new plan is aimed at replacing the European Union’s Dublin Regulation, a law that requires people seeking asylum in the EU to do so in the first European country they reach.
In September 2017, the European Union’s highest court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), ruled that the European Commission, the powerful executive arm of the European Union, has the legal right to order EU member states to take in so-called asylum seekers. It also ruled that EU member states have no legal right to resist those orders.
Hungary and Slovakia, backed by Poland, argued that the European Union broke its own rules and exceeded its powers when it approved the quota system with a “qualified majority” — around two thirds of the bloc’s members. They also argued that the relocation scheme is a direct violation of the Dublin Regulation.
The European Court of Justice ruled that a qualified majority vote was sufficient because the EU “was not required to act unanimously when it adopted the contested decision.” The ruling, which did not mention the Dublin Regulation, concluded: “The mechanism actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate.”
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó called the court ruling “outrageous and irresponsible” and “contrary to the interests of the European nations, including Hungary.” He added: “The decision puts at risk the security of all of Europe and the future of all of Europe as well.”
The key part of the document calls for asylum applications to be assessed immediately upon arrival at the EU’s external border. From there, a newly created European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) would “determine” which member state is responsible for taking in the applicant and processing his or her application.
If everything goes according to plan, the draft legislation would be adopted by the European Parliament in the second half of 2020 when Germany holds the presidency of the EU. It would then be ratified by the European Council, made up of the leaders of the EU member states